The East End Arms

Lymington, Hampshire
+44 (0)1590 626223

A relaxed spot for New Forest discoveries. Stay in fresh comfortable rooms with stylish bathrooms, tuck into locally caught Lymington crab


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome

The Experience

A good little local hidden down New Forest lanes, winningly unpretentious and owned by John Illsley of Dire Straits. Walkers, wax jackets and locals congregate in the small, rustic Foresters Bar with its chatty community vibe, and walls lined with the famous. The carpeted-cosy dining room, all cottagey furniture and roaring log fire, cocks a snook at gastropub remodelling, but the menus change twice daily – a rare treat – and make the best of seasonal produce. Try saddle of venison, whole baked seabass or locally caught Lymington crab. A paved terrace invites al fresco drinking, while bedrooms on the back add va-va-voom. Fresh, clean-lined and cosy, in fashionably neutral tones that bring the forest indoors, they sport roman blinds and Mulberry fabrics. Stylish bathrooms and paintings by John himself add warmth and class; fine breakfasts are the cherry on the cake. A great little find for anyone who loves the New Forest – neither new nor a forest, but fine open heathland nonetheless and excellent hiking terrain.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Lunch from £8.50. Dinner from £12.95. Not Sunday eves.


Nightly price
from £125
Singles £100-£110. Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
2 Suites for 2
From £145
3 Twin/doubles
From £125



This is what everyone should want as their local. Lovely location, outstanding food. Plus luxurious bedrooms and a hint of rock n roll with the amazing photographs in the dining room. But most of all it's a good, old-fashioned pub with loyal customers and outstanding staff. A real gem.

Rachel, Sawday's inspector

Visited for the first time with our dog. Both made welcome and food good. Would recommend to anyone.


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